Race two started with Tom Sykes leading Davide Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies and Nicky Hayden. Michael van der Mark had a poor start and charged through traffic until he got to the corkscrew where he fluffed the entry and bounced across the tarmac and gravel heading at the wall that was the scene of Akira Yanagawa's famous 1998 crash, but van der Mark was able to lay the bike down before it hit the air fences and he picked it up and rejoined the race.
On lap three, Davide Giugliano found a way past Tom Sykes at turn three, after the Andretti hairpin and maintained his lead until Pawel Szkopek had a nasty crash, fracturing a toe and summoning the red flags on lap six.
As lap four was the last lap completed by all riders, the positions on the grid for the 21-lap restart were taken at the end of that lap. Nineteen riders lined up for the restart, headed by Giugliano, Sykes and Rea with Davies, Hayden and Lorenzo Savadori on the second row with Michael van der Mark at the back of the grid.
Tom Sykes got away from the lights at the restart, but Davide Giugliano made a move in the Andretti hairpin to take the lead, pushing Sykes out of the way. Jonathan Rea avoided Sykes, giving Nicky Hayden the opportunity to squeeze through to third place. A lap later, Rea took third place back from Hayden and spend another lap to close the gap to Giugliano and Sykes.
On lap four, Jonathan Rea made an impossible overtake, charging into the Corkscrew on a tight line we've not seen probably since the 750s raced here, when American wild cards had a better line deep to the apex of the entry into the top turn of the Corkscrew. Rea passed both Sykes and Giugliano, flustering the Italian to third as Sykes followed his teammate on his left. Both Kawasakis were side by side down the plunge and Rea had his nose in front as they exited the right hander, the second corner of the chicane. Sykes had the inside line for the next left hander and briefly took the lead until Rea made another move to take the idea back.
Shortly after, on lap five, Rea exited a left hander too quickly and hit the sandy gravel as he ran off the track, letting Sykes and Giugliano claw back the top two places, over a second clear of third-placed Chaz Davies who had caught and passed Hayden by this point.
Jonathan Rea rejoined the race in eleventh place but pulled over soon after, immediately checking his chain, in spite of the fact it was more likely that the Kawasaki's mysterious false neutral gremlin had returned to plague him.
Eight laps in, with Davies still over a second behind Sykes and Giugliano, Xavi Fores passed Nicky Hayden at the corkscrew only for Hayden to take fourth back afterwards. Fores made a pass stick at the hairpin shortly after and saw an insurmountable three second gap to Davies ahead of him. That gap would never shrink.
Further back, Michael van der Mark had caught and passed Niccolo Canepa at the Andretti hairpin and Jordi Torres took sixth off Alex Lowes. Van der Mark passed Lowes on lap thirteen as the six riders from fourth to ninth were all within striking distance of each other.
By lap seventeen, having spent most of his tyre to get through the pack, Chaz Davies caught Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano and was over eight seconds clear of Xavi Fores in fourth. A lap later, Davies squeezed under Giugliano at the Andretti hairpin, but Giugliano returned the compliment at the corkscrew when Davies missed his entry, something he later blamed on the wind. Sykes, Giugliano and Davies were still together, the Kawasaki at the front unable to break away from the Ducatis, in spite of their duelling.
Nineteen laps in, Chaz Davies stabbed at turn eleven, the slowest corner on the track and took second place off Davide Giugliano, but the Italian had more grip at the end of the straight and scythed underneath the Welshman into the Andretti hairpin and the two swapped places with Giugliano winning out.
The last lap was the two Ducatis fighting for the right to try to pass the Kawasaki in front and most of the later half of the lap was Davide Giugliano trying to pass Tom Sykes on the brakes, in spite of the fact that Tom Sykes is one of the best Superbike riders at braking later than anyone else.
Giugliano tried a power line out of turn eleven on to the straight but Sykes out-dragged him to the flag and won his third victory at Laguna Seca. Giugliano and Davies finished second and third.
Xavi Fores held off Nicky Hayden for fourth place and a few places further back, Alex Lowes charged underneath Niccolo Canepa at the last corner to try to take eighth place, but lost the front going in, forcing Canepa to avoid him. Lowes finished the race in fourteenth place, but Canepa had enough of a gap before the next rider after stopping than he didn't lose a place and finished in eighth.
Saeed Al Sulaiti finished in fifteenth place and took his and his nation's first ever World Superbike point.
Jonathan Rea's DNF allowed Tom Sykes to claw back some championship points and reduced the deficit from seventy one points to forty six with two hundred points still up for grabs. Davide Giugliano is in equal fourth place with Michael van der Mark, both seventy five points behind Chaz Davies.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'23.552 256,4||1'22.155 257,6|
|2||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||0.209||1'23.733 255,8||1'22.479 257,6|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||0.786||1'23.837 257,0||1'22.696 255,8|
|4||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||11.379||1'24.104 249,8||1'22.979 246,9|
|5||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||12.219||1'24.196 255,8||1'22.988 255,2|
|6||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||12.465||1'24.171 254,6||1'23.085 251,0|
|7||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||13.705||1'24.376 255,8||1'23.455 251,0|
|8||59||N. CANEPA||Yamaha YZF R1||20.449||1'24.247 256,4||1'23.098 251,0|
|9||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-10R||29.153||1'24.855 251,0||1'24.128 247,5|
|10||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||33.013||1'25.010 249,8||1'24.788 245,8|
|11||35||R. DE ROSA||BMW S1000 RR||39.910||1'24.743 251,0||1'24.867 239,7|
|12||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||40.059||1'25.607 251,6||1'24.811 249,8|
|13||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||49.211||1'25.918 247,5||1'25.354 250,4|
|14||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||51.347||1'24.183 254,6||1'23.116 253,4|
|15||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||54.783||1'26.068 242,4||1'25.589 240,8|
|16||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'03.249||1'26.367 244,1||1'26.859 238,1|
|17||4||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'25.191||1'27.007 240,8||1'27.240 235,0|
|RET||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||16 Laps|
|RET||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||19 Laps|